The Other Mr. Gandhi

Written, performed and directed by Zaraawar Mistry
Photo: Charissa Uemura
Run time: 90 minutes. No intermission.
Age Recommendation: Ages 13+

“This performance was stunning in its simplicity and clarity. Mistry is a masterful story teller and performer who portrayed more than 8 characters with amazing detail. Using three wooden crates and 9 hanging bare lightbulbs he seamlessly and effectively transported the audience to Bombay, Pakistan, California, in temples, hotels, cars and prisons.” MPR Art Hounds 2012 Theater and Dance Highlights


In December 1971 war breaks out between India and Pakistan, and Squadron Leader Rusi Gandhi, a pilot in the Indian Air Force, is sent on a bombing mission into Pakistan. His fate, and that of his wife and children, are the subject of this fictional drama about a Parsi family from Mumbai, and how their lives are interwoven with the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan. The Parsis are Zoroastrians who emigrated to India from Iran in the 10th century.

The Other Mr. Gandhi premiered at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul in February 2012 and opened Illusion Theater’s 25th Fresh Ink series in July 2012. It is truly a one-man play; there are no other artists or technicians involved.